Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Time: 18:30 – 20:00

From the Ashley Madison leaks to Facebook Messenger’s ‘Marauders Map’, the media has recently been inundated with controversial stories of growing public concerns about web privacy.

Launching a new season of The Public Domain, this panel discussion includes speakers from a range fields, including Gus Hosein of advocacy group Privacy International, Joss Wright, Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Marianne Franklin, Professor of Global Media and Politics at Goldsmiths University, to present and debate the current state of surveillance and the net. Moderated by Maria Farrell.


Gus Hosein is the Executive Director of Privacy International, a London-based charity. For over fifteen years he has worked at the interface of technology and human rights. He holds a B.Math from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from the University of London.

Dr. Joss Wright is Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where his research focuses on the analysis of internet filtering and its global development, the ethics of network research, and on the design of privacy enhancing technologies. Dr. Wright’s work on internet censorship has been featured in New Scientist magazine, and he has written for the Guardian and Observer newspapers. He comments frequently in the media on security and privacy technologies and the implications of mass surveillance.

Marianne Franklin is Professor of Global Media and Politics at Goldsmiths (University of London, UK). She is currently Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and former co-Chair of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC) at the UN Internet Governance Forum. Her latest book, Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance and the Internet, is out with Oxford University Press.

Maria Farrell is a Senior Consultant at InterConnect Communications in the UK. An Irish national, she was previously Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs at ICANN, having joined as a Policy Officer.  She worked on ICT policy and communications for the Confederation of British Industry in London, the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, and The World Bank in Washington D.C. Maria has been a GNSO Councillor for NCUC and is on the Board of the UK’s Open Rights Group. She teaches on Oxford University’s PhD programme in Cyber Security, blogs at and writes fiction in her spare time.